§ Mr. Dudley Smith
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what representations he is making to the appropriate European Commission agency over complaints from British companies that an Italian Government subsidised company is exporting plastic material to Great Britain at prices which constitute unfair trading; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Meacher
I have been asked to reply.
An application for action against imports of phenolic moulding materials from Italy has been made by the British Plastics Federation to the Competition Directorate of the Commission which has responsibility for investigating complaints of dumping and subsidisation between member States of the Community. The Competition Directorate has been advised of the importance we attach to this 466W application, and the British trade association will be assisted in making further representations to the Commission should these prove necessary.